Nesting on Main – Concord Massachusetts

If you were to ask me to recommend a retail shop where you would find lots of one-of-a-kind gifts, craftsman jewelry, home accents, and interesting vintage pieces  and you told me that it must be a fun shopping experience that is a feast for the eyes then I would tell you to visit Nesting on Main in historic Concord, Massachusetts.   Nesting on Main is even more inviting since they carry lots of  USA made products with many of them produced by small businesses all over America.

Come on up!

Located at 44 Main Street in Concord you walk up to this inviting  shop much like traveling up to a nest.  It is here you will begin your happy shopping experience with interesting rooms, nooks and corners filled to the brim with goodies.  Three women combined their talents and opened this shop.   The trio of Wendi Snider, Melissa Cox, and Beth Hylan have clearly hit the mark with both the mix of products and the way they display and merchandise every area of the store.

The day I visited Nesting on Main I spoke with Beth Hylan who makes a lovely line of jewelry called Beth Hyland Designs.  She uses vintage papers to make charms, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and  all of her findings and components are American sourced.

Vintage paper charms by Beth Hylan Designs.

I love the crown accent piece and the winged jewelry dishes which are made in Atlanta, Georgia using antique molds.

Nothing updates a space quickly like new pillows.  These large linen/hemp pillows are made in New Hampshire.

Love these antique lampshades which are like a hanging art installation.

Even the smallest items are gems to discover.  These hand felted acorns are made by women in California and Vermont using real acorn tops!

Little cosmetic jars get enhanced with vintage button tops.

If you are fascinated with vintage ephemera: cards, papers, little booklets, tickets, small interesting documents, maps, post cards, etc then this is your store.  How about some musical paper scrolls from the 1800’s.

Lavender Shea soaps made on the west coast.

I would highly recommend this lovely shop.  During the Christmas season they do an outstanding job of transforming it  into a holiday extravaganza!  For more information and store hours, check out their website at www.nestingonmain.com

Until next time happy shopping!

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New England Style Menswear

I discovered a wonderful gem of a shop located in the south end of Boston.  SAULT NEW ENGLAND,  is chock full of traditional and casual menswear, gift items, and vintage findings.  Friendly shop owner, Philip Saul, says his merchandise represents classic New England style with a good mix of ever changing vintage pieces he hand picks himself.

SAULT NEW ENGLAND

I loved browsing the entire shop and want to feature some of the Made in the USA vendors Philip carries.

To start, I love The New England Shirt Company, www.newenglandshirtco.com.  Standing strong against overseas factories, The New England Shirt Company, has remained in continuous operation in Fall River, Massachusetts for the last 75 years!

Here are some traditional, long sleeved, slim fit shirts that are as classic and timeless as New England itself.

A quality, crafted shirt like this is well worth the $145. price.

Next up is Ivy Prepster,  www.ivyprepster.com pocket squares.  These stylish squares are made in the garment district of New York City.

Ivy Prepster pocket squares and sample bow tie.

With the resurgence of the prep movement these pocket squares add interest to a classic blue blazer or tweed jacket and at $34. make a great gift as well.  Ivy Prepster has a full line of bow ties coming soon.

Next is Forage Haberdashery,  www.foragehaberdashery.com made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Handcrafted by the designer duo, Shauna & Stephen, in their Philadelphia studio (once a tire factory).  They create traditional bow ties and skinny ties in the most delicious fabrics.  Many are made with vintage remnants.  They run between $74. and $84.

Skinny ties and bow ties.

Nestled in a beautiful little mason box with contrast paper lining,  the packaging also caught my attention since that too is made in the USA .  The Mason Box Company,  in Pawtucket Rhode Island makes everything in USA and  uses 100% recycled cardboard.  Now that’s a stylish box!

The Mason Box makes a nice presentation.

And I cant forget a few images of the ever changing vintage discoveries you will find at SAULT NEW ENGLAND.

Vintage merchandise comes and goes!!

The inviting shop at Sault New England

An old Boy Scout bag can become a cool messenger bag.

For more information on SAULT NEW ENGLAND check out their website, www.saultne.com